Oh wow~ There is a Women of Colour survey that has been placed on the home of our work website today.
I filled it out immediately because,
I see so much problem with lack of diversity and appreciation of women of colour in my work place.
If you look across the floor - on our floor alone,
there is not a SINGLE woman of colour who is in the leadership role.
And I certainly don't feel appreciated as a woman of colour and a woman of a very deep cvivilisational culture in my own team.
And that is a massive problem in itself.
The above is some of what I filled out.
As a person who values different cultures and wisdom of different cultures,
I always make sure to get to know and consult those who are of a different culture.
They always have so much to offer, so much more than those of the European races.
Yet that is definitely not evident at any of the places I worked in New Zealand.
Never have I ever felt appreciated and valued or approached for my unique perspectives based on my culture and my background.
New Zealand - Wellington in particular - a melting pot of a city - has never felt to ME that it wants to learn from the cultural others,
except the Maori and the Pasifika - the more dominating regional groups that have first migrated to Aotearoa.
But even if you traveled to more Pacific Island countries,
you'll even recognise the distinctness of each race.
They're all so different from each other.
Then you have the East Asian and South Asian populations,
and perhaps some Central Asian, Central American and South American presence.
These all are people who brought with them strong cultural ways of doing things.
These are valuable to a workplace,
and need to be appreciated far more by kiwi.
I myself know how MUCH a Chinese person can offer to others,
we have 5000 years of civilisation and cultural wisdom to bring to anyone we meet.
This is WHY i seek out others and want to hear out and absorb others.
But those who might not have been endowed with deep history and cultures with their cultural backgrounds might not have the instinct to want to learn from others.
And that's a shame for them, because they're the ones that are missing out big time.
I personally just want to at least see more non-white women being in leadership roles.
That's the least I'd ask for.
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